Internet backlash or no, Affleck is all in — in more ways than one — as he has stepped inside his new Batsuit for the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman" movie.
One hardcore comic book fan has born witness: writer-director-megageek Kevin Smith.
"I saw the Batman costume," Smith divulged on his own Babble On podcast, explaining that he saw a picture of Affleck in his costume for the upcoming batflick. "I don't want to give anything away 'cause that is up to them and stuff, but I am going to say this: I instantly bear hugged [director Zack Snyder]."
Kevin Smith (Photo: Heather Kennedy/WireImage)
"You have not seen this costume on film before," he put forth. "For a comic book fan, it was mind-bending, because every other movie does this Matrix-y black armor thing ... There wasn't a single nipple on this suit."
As Smith described the suit, he said it was influenced by a certain comic book artist, but the artist's name was redacted from the podcast recording.
Smith further Batsuit-evangelized: "Even the hardest-core... person will be like, 'All right, I’m ready!'"
And Affleck is ready, too. The 41-year-old has been spotted in recent weeks bulked up for the role — one that has him playing an aged, grizzled Batman. He has reportedly been working out twice a day to get those muscles bulging, and is known to work with celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson as well as Boston Celtics strength and conditioning coach Walter Norton Jr. when he wants to beef up.
Yup, Affleck must have learned a few things from his buddy and fellow "Argo" Oscar winner George Clooney, who expressed his distaste for the role when he wore an ever-stiff-and-nipply Batsuit in 1997. This time around, there will be no nipples for Affleck, according to Smith.
Indeed, the Batsuit has gone through a dramatic metamorphosis. Over the years it has expressed nearly all shapes and forms of chest bumps, from its look in the 1940s serial to Christian Bale's suit in "The Dark Knight Rises."
"Batman vs. Superman" is currently set to open in the summer of 2015.
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